Gumi affords to barter with bandits

Kaduna-based Muslim cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has revealed his intention to dialogue with bandits who kidnapped about 287 schoolchildren from Kuriga Authorities Secondary and LEA Major Faculties within the Chikun Native Authorities Space of the state.

Gumi mentioned this in a bid to facilitate the discharge of the kidnapped schoolchildren ought to President Bola Tinubu give him the chance to barter.

In accordance with the distinguished Islamic scholar, Tinubu should not repeat the error made by former President Muhammadu Buhari, who refused to dialogue with bandits.

The PUNCH experiences that bandits invaded the Kuriga space of the Chikun Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State, taking pictures at their victims earlier than taking away a minimum of 280 of the pupils and lecturers from each colleges.

The incident occurred barely 24 hours after insurgents kidnapped 200 internally displaced girls in Borno State.

The ladies had been kidnapped in Ngala, the headquarters of Gambarou Ngala in Borno State, whereas fetching firewood within the bush.

Penultimate Thursday, bandits invaded the Gonin-Gora in the identical Chikun LGA, prompting residents to barricade the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway in protest towards the kidnapping of an unspecified variety of individuals within the space.

In the meantime, the federal government of the affected state has refused to dialogue with the bandits to launch the schoolchildren and has additionally refuted claims that it had employed a non-public negotiator to facilitate the discharge of the victims.

Nonetheless, reacting to the event, Gumi mentioned in an announcement, “The federal government’s stand of no negotiation with the bandits is an unlucky place. My recommendation is that the federal government ought to dialogue with the bandits not just for these Kuriga college youngsters’s abductions however all instances.

“Additionally, the federal government ought to use the identical method it utilized in releasing passengers that had been kidnapped on the Abuja–Kaduna prepare in 2022 to launch the Kuriga college youngsters and others.

“I’m prepared to guide a holistic dialogue between the federal government and bandits. It’s my spiritual responsibility to take action for peace.

“I hope the current authorities of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will hear by dialoguing with the bandits as a result of the previous administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari refused to take action.”

Gumi had beforehand negotiated on behalf of state governments to free kidnapped individuals by bandits.

In Could 2021, one of many dad and mom of the kidnapped college students of the Federal School of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, mentioned slightly than level an accusing finger at Gumi for being complicit within the banditry ravaging the nation, Nigerians ought to commend the cleric for his interventions in looking for the discharge of kidnapped individuals within the nation.

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